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Is Your Family Ready for a Dog?

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Are your children old enough to handle the responsibility?


If you have children under the age of six and don't yet have a dog, you may want to wait a few years. Young children are not usually responsible enough to help take care of a dog, and may not understand the proper way to handle one, either. Waiting to get a dog until your children are older will help you avoid any mistreatment of the dog, as well as any unwanted bites or growls.

Having a pet is a great way to teach your children the importance of responsibility, but it's also important to make sure your family is mature enough for the commitment.

Next: Are you allowed to have a pet?

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